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Coronavirus: University's LeDeR programme team continues to operate with staff working from home

19 March 2020

Edited on 9 April 2020, adding link to support document

Edited on 30 March, 2020, adding statement from NHSE/NHSI

19 March, 2020: Following Government advice, the University of Bristol has asked staff to work from home to prevent the further spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The University’s LeDeR team anticipated this scenario and put contingency plans in place. Whilst we endeavour to continue to support the LeDeR programme as normal during this period, our levels of service may be inadvertently adversely affected. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

While staff are away from the office, notifications of the deaths of people with learning disabilities can be registered as normal on the LeDeR website. Go to

The LeDeR team also continues to support the operation of the LeDeR Review System. If Reviewers and/or Local Area Contacts need help or advice, please email the University’s LeDeR team at

30 March, 2020: Statement from NHS England & Improvement

As articulated in the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England and NHS Improvement remain committed to the LeDeR programme. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are being encouraged to continue to complete LeDeR reviews, especially where family members have already been engaged in the process. 

However, very many of the people who carry out LeDeR reviews have a clinical background and may be called to support front-line colleagues and therefore, there is recognition that, within the current COVID-19 situation, local systems may not be able to support the completion of LeDeR reviews at this time.

9 April, 2020: Link to further information

Below is a link to a collation of information and resources about COVID19, submitted by members of an international group of professionals, policy makers and academics with an interest in mortality of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities:

International Network Group: info & support v4 (PDF, 186kB)




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